The small village of Alona, which belongs to the district of Nicosia, is located in the northern side of the Troodos Mountain at an altitude of approximately 1200 metres. The unique valley that spreads above Alona is full of hazel trees and other dry fruit trees, like almond trees, as well as countless fruit trees, such as cherry and plum trees.
When you arrive to Alona get ready for a trip back to time. Admire the traditional stone-built houses and the thick vines and follow the paved uphill alleys covered with mountain stone. If you are lucky you may encounter women and men dressed in traditional dresses leading their donkeys along the narrow streets. Among cherry trees you will find the church of Saint George, the patron of the village, which was built in 1835 and where an exceptional icon of the Saint - painted by the famous painter Cornaros of Crete - is found. Also, if you wish to enjoy an amazing walk follow the nature trail “Petros Vanezis” which passes below the hazels and it is thought to be one of the most impressive ones in Cyprus.
Even if the permanent inhabitants of Alona are less than 100, the village gets full of life during summer and expatriates and tourists have started in the last few years to renovate the houses of the village. They are trying to help their village grow and a large number of projects is underway. Also, the Athletic Spiritual Club of Alona organises various events and celebrations to promote the athletic, spiritual and cultural level of Alona and the region in general.
Furthermore, two festivals are held in the village every year. One takes place on the 15th of August, the day of the Assumption, which is an important date for Christian people. After the mass you can enjoy traditional food and drinks with the locals. The second festival is the Zivania Festival, which usually takes place at the beginning of November, dedicated to the promotion of the traditional Cypriot drink of zivania. During the festival you can learn how zivania is made, buy local products and listen to traditional music.
The village is ideal to spend the summer thanks to its dry and cool weather. Moreover, winters are magical in Alona. What a better way to spend a snowy winter day than by sitting next to the fireplace eating local food, such as Cypriot sausages and haloumi cheese.
Alona is a hidden treasure that is waiting for you to discover it.